THE Government is not financially broke, leader of Government business in the House Inonge Wina told members of Parliament yesterday.
And Ms Wina said extending the voter registration exercise beyond February 29 would adversely affect preparations for the August 11 general elections.
Ms Wina told the House that there was no need for anybody to insinuate or think that Government was broke.
The Vice President said if Government was broke as alleged by some opposition members of Parliament, the House would not have been sitting.
Ms Wina was rubbishing assertions by UPND Monze Central Member of Parliament Jack Mwiimbu and his Katombola counterpart Derrick Livune that Government was broke.
Mr Mwiimbu had alleged in his question that Government had failed to fund the National Assembly and the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to continue with the voter registration exercise because it was broke.
He demanded that Ms Wina admits that Government was broke because it had failed to fund the National Assembly of Zambia and ECZ.
And Mr Livune alleged that members of Parliament were broke because Government had not funded the National Assembly adequately.
He said most MPs were broke because they had spent most of their resources on unnecessary by-elections created by the PF government.
Meanwhile, Ms Wina said it was regrettable that due to lack of resources and time constraint, the mobile voter registration planned for 16th to 29th February could no longer take place.
The ECZ had planned to conduct mobile voter registration for a further 14 days.
Ms Wina said as of December 13, 2015 the ECZ had recorded a total of 1,593,840 new voters countrywide.
“The commission had targeted to register 1.7 million new voters and as at December 13, 2015 it achieved 93.75 per cent of the targeted figure. A further update on new registration will be given after the close of the voter registration exercise in the district centres on February 29, 2016,” she said.
Ms Wina said continuing with voter registration beyond February 29, 2016 would adversely affect the 2016 elections timetable and the commission would not be able to certify the final register of voters by July 31, 2016.
“All eligible persons who will turn 18 years by July 31, 2016 and have their particulars appearing in the final register of voters will qualify to participate in the forthcoming general elections,” she said.
Ms Wina said the provisional register of voters was expected to be completed by May 5, 2016 in readiness for inspection by members of the public from 15 to 21st May 2016.
Ms Wina added that certification of the final register of voters would be done on 31st July 2016.
“Mr Speaker, appeals and objections arising from the exercise by the commission will continue up to July 6, 2016. The commission will not consider any appeal and objections received later than July 6, 2016,” the Vice President said.